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February 2010

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Metal Traveller on the road in Tajikistan

So, by 10 Am we hit the road southbound, passing through a more than amazing mountain scenery.

Roads in Tajikistan are not for the faint hearted!
The road is in poor condition. There are holes, mud, melting snow and a few tricky curves through mountain passes and valleys.

Mountains cover most of Tajikistan’s territory and more than half of the country lies 3000 meters or more above the sea level.

Dangerous curves in Tajikistan

White peaks are everywhere and the views are breathtaking. The best of it all is that I enjoyed it in good company, talking with Ruslan and Farhod.
They are experienced tour guides and know a lot about their country.

We stopped to help a man whose cars had a greakdown in the middle of the mountain roads.

Unfortunately we couldn't find a proper solution, but I hope the guy could get back home safely.

We drove through a secondary road. Very scenic, but much slower because it involved a lot of passes instead of a straignt line.

We didn't know why, but the main road was closed.

Well, if you take a look at the picture on your left, you'll see the answer!

Some parts of the road were getting repaired, and cars had to go through the working areas.

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Central Asia Travel Guide

Central Asia Travel Guide

Borat may not have been the most savoury of ambassadors, but at least he shone a light on Central Asia. With a history starring Alexander the Great, a landscape featuring snowcapped mountains in Tajikistan, and semi-nomadic Kyrgyz herders to hang out with, why wouldn't you go?

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